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Category Archives: Dramatica
Of late, I’ve been working with the concept that perfect story structure is a myth – and should be! As they say in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, “it’s more of a guideline than a rule.” In story … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips Here’s a flashback article from the early days of the Dramatica theory of narrative structure back in the mid 1990s. It is the first article I wrote in a series of “Constructive Criticisms” in which I … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips A writer recently asked me the following question about feedback he received from the Dramatica software which suggested his character’s Purposes should be Knowledge and Actuality: He wrote: I don’t understand what Dramatica means by a … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips The central concept of the Dramatica theory of narrative structure is the existence of a Story Mind – essentially the notion that every story has its own psychology and its own personality, as if the story itself … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips Here’s the “digest” version of the origins of Dramatica… Chris Huntley and I began our exploration of story structure in 1980. He and I had met a few years earlier while we were both attending the … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips There are two principal forms of story structure: the tale and the story. A tale is a statement – a statement that ‘this leads to this lead to that’ and ‘here’s how it ended up’. Using … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips Over the years, there has been considerable discussion as to whether Dramatica’s rather complex storyforming process could be operated by a natural language artificial intelligence system that could read a story and parse the text to … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips In order to create tension in your audience, you will want to establish a limit to the story. This limit will indicate to the audience what will bring the story to a moment of truth, either … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips Here in part one of my “classic” 43 part audio program on story structure from the early 1990s, Chris and I introduce ourselves as co-creators of the Dramatica theory of Story Structure, and outline the subjects … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips Here’s a flashback video from 1999 – the very first comprehensive video recorded explanation about the Dramatica theory! Check out my retrospective notes below the video. Okay, here’s what this looks like to me seventeen years … Continue reading